We are all guilty of taking things for granted until we don't have them
anymore. Much of the time, these are external things: people, pets,
places, etc. However, the internal attribute that we often neglect is
our own health. As the saying goes, "You don't know what you've got til
For context, an analysis of Canada's health revealed several troubling statistics, including the following:
than one in five Canadian adults live with one of the following chronic
diseases: CVD (cardiovascular disease), cancer, CRD (chronic
respiratory disease), or diabetes.
in 25 Canadian adults aged 20 years and older reported having a mood
and anxiety disorder and at least one of the four major chronic
four in five Canadian adults have at least one modifiable risk factor
for chronic disease (self-reported tobacco smoking, physical inactivity,
unhealthy eating and harmful use of alcohol).
inactivity, sedentary behaviours and obesity rates remain high,
especially among children and youth . . . more than 90% of Canadian
children are not meeting current physical activity guidelines in Canada.
Of course, these increasing disease rates come with increasing costs, as well. Just this year, CBC reported
that Canada spent $15 billion in the last 5 years on prescription
drugs. Part of this is due to drug marketing, and doctors prescribing
"name brand" drugs instead of less expensive alternatives.
Let's isolate this into a single category. The government of Canada actually has a calculator
to estimate the financial burden of disease in Canada. If we calculate
just the cost of doctor's visits and drugs for anxiety disorders (across
all ages), the total cost for men and women (as of 2008) is $1,539,059,600.
transient drowsiness commonly experienced during the first few days of treatment
a feeling of depression
loss of orientation
On top of this, benzodiazepines can be habit forming and easy to become
dependent on. For a drug that is designed to do something as basic as
enhance GABA, there are many risks.
Natural products can achieve the same results, except without the added
risks. We recently had a product return from someone who suffered from
anxiety. She had been taking GABA and said that while it relieved her
anxiety, it made her yawn. She said that this did not occur with other,
less expensive brands, so she wanted to return the product.
Interestingly, yawning frequency is correlated
with GABA; even if holding Life Choice GABA to the "other" side effects
listed above, the first point states that transient drowsiness at the
beginning of treatment is normal. Yet, for her, the inconvenience of
yawning outweighed the reduction of anxiety.
We can compare our GABA to pharmaceutical grade GABA because we use
pharmaceutical grade raw material. This is not the same as
pharmaceutical prescription grade drugs with a host of side
effects. Pharmaceutical grade is the quality assurance that the material
is thoroughly tested, of the highest purity and produced under GMP
manufacturing practices. Most pharmaceutical grade material is also USP;
United States Pharmacopeia quality is the worldwide benchmark seal of
approval that it is of the highest possible standard best for human
If you have a natural product with raw material that is as potent as
pharmaceutical raw material, but without the "extras" that cause side
effects, why would you not take it? Why pay so much for drugs that cover
symptoms instead of supplements that address the cause?
Until we can do our homework on supplements and the difference quality
makes, we may never know what could have been until it's too late.
over 10 years of experience, Bond Consulting is a leader in the
SR&ED industry. The SR&ED program is designed to support
innovative companies with cash reimbursements from the Canadian
Government due to their private R&D efforts. (www.bondconsulting.ca)